Macy’s invests in tech startup b8ta to expand pop-up concept
Aug07

Macy’s invests in tech startup b8ta to expand pop-up concept

Department store retailer Macy’s invested in tech startup b8ta earlier this summer to develop The Market, Macy’s experiential-based retail concept. Markets are spaces within already existing Macy’s stores that allow online brands to maintain a physical presence so potential customers can try out items before purchasing. B8ta already works with brands to design and create retail experiences and mostly focuses on allowing customers to...

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Carvana opens nine-story Car Vending Machine in Tempe
Aug02

Carvana opens nine-story Car Vending Machine in Tempe

Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying used cars, opened its largest Car Vending Machine to date in Tempe last month.  The machine, standing tall at nine stories high, holds up to 34 cars. The tower is made out of glass, and drivers can see it lit up at night from the Valley’s South Mountain Freeway. Based in Tempe, Carvana has opened up 11 Car Vending Machines in other states so far. The company was founded in Phoenix in 2012 and...

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The AZ tech industry now boasts more than 2k startups, 168k jobs
Jul17

The AZ tech industry now boasts more than 2k startups, 168k jobs

Last month the Arizona Technology Council partnered with Oregon-based eImpact to release a report that found signs of promising growth in the Arizona tech industry. The AZTC Industry Impact Report stated that there are over 2,100 startups in Arizona listed on startup networking site AngelList, and there are over 168,000 jobs in the tech field in the state. According to the report, Arizona ranks second in employment growth and third in...

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ASU and Coursera create online program to meet high demand for computer scientists
Jul10

ASU and Coursera create online program to meet high demand for computer scientists

Arizona State University and online learning platform Coursera have partnered to create an online Master of Computer Science degree that will be offered this fall. Professor Sandeep Gupta, director of ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering, explained in an email that this program was created to produce experienced graduates who can fill the enormous need for qualified computer scientists. According...

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Eclipse Automation Inc. opens new plant in Mesa
Jun20

Eclipse Automation Inc. opens new plant in Mesa

Eclipse Automation Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of custom automated equipment, opened a new 26,000-square-foot facility in Mesa (2340 W. Broadway Road) earlier this spring. The new building was the result of a $1 million investment and began operating with 20 employees. The company says it plans to invest another $1 million and hire an additional 30 employees in the next 12 to 16 months, with a focus on mechanical and...

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